Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) is an increasingly prevalent type of breast cancer diagnosed in the United States.
Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
The majority of cases of DCIS are not palpable and are primarily detected on screening mammograms. DCIS is a diagnosis made on biopsy either with an image guided needle biopsy, or excisional biopsy. The diagnosis of DCIS means that the cancer at this point is non-invasive and is inside the milk ducts and has not spread to the surrounding tissue.
Treatment for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
There are many options for women diagnosed with DCIS and treatment plans are uniquely tailored to each patient. The standard forms of treatment include lumpectomy, which means removal of the cancer while preserving the breast, which is often followed by radiation therapy.
Patients are also offered mastectomy and with recent advancements in plastic surgery, reconstruction can often be started at the same time as the mastectomy. Hormonal/Endocrine therapy is also used in the treatment of some women with DCIS to minimize the risk of the cancer coming back. As we make advances in the treatment of breast cancer, the options for patients continue to expand improving both cosmetic outcomes and survival.
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